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Resources by Topic: Medicaid

Costs of Emergency Department Visits in the United States, 2017
Examines the cost of emergency department (ED) visits in the United States. Includes data by location of patient's residence for large metropolitan, small metro, micropolitan, and rural areas. Topics covered include aggregate costs, average costs, number of ED visits, aggregate costs by age, aggregate costs by community-level income, and aggregate costs by primary expected payer.
Author(s): Brian J. Moore, Lan Liang
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Telehealth Coverage Policies in the Time of COVID-19
Summary of telehealth services that are covered by various public and private payers related to COVID-19. Includes information on state and federal actions. Updated with new information and new policies as the situation develops.
Additional links: COVID-19 Related State Actions
Date: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Informing Health Care Workforce Policy by Leveraging Data: A Toolkit for States
Describes how healthcare workforce data can be used to address questions regarding access to care. Discusses three key considerations for states to improve their healthcare workforce data collection practices. Includes examples from states that utilized data to inform policy.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model State Medicaid Participation Factsheet
Provides an overview of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model, with a focus on the Community Transformation Track. Discusses the role of State Medicaid Agencies (SMA) and Memorandum of Understanding requirements, and outlines the time of required SMA activities.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Accountable Health Communities Model - Two Rural Participants' Experiences
Describes how two health systems, Ballard Health and Rocky Mountain Health Plan, implemented the Accountable Health Communities Model to address health-related social needs of rural Medicare, Medicaid, and dual-eligible beneficiaries. Discusses challenges each system faced while implementing the model.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Rethinking Rural Health: FY 2020 Year in Review
Provides an overview of Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) programs and activities that have affected rural health and healthcare in fiscal year 2020. Focuses on nine priority areas: COVID-19, maternal health, Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM), quality improvement, practitioner engagement, patient empowerment and person-centered care, Medicare and Medicaid payment and policy, models and demonstrations, and telehealth.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: CMS Rural Health Council
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Comment Letter on HHS Report to Congress on Telehealth for Pediatric SUD
Reviews the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report, Reducing Barriers to Furnishing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services Using Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring for Pediatric Populations Under Medicaid: Final Report. Covers the role of telehealth in mitigating the shortage of behavioral health providers and expanding behavioral health services to children covered by Medicaid. Discusses the need for additional research on telehealth in Medicaid, information sharing between states, and addressing barriers to technology.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Mandated Report on Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Work Plan and Preliminary Findings
Presentation slides examining non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) benefits for Medicaid beneficiaries as well as improved coordination between NEMT and public transit or other federally-assisted transportation services. Discusses challenges faced by rural communities.
Author(s): Kacey Buderi
Date: 10/2020
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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State Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies
Summary of telehealth-related policies, laws, and regulations for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Focuses on Medicaid fee-for-service policies and includes the most recent policy language in each state as of October 2020.
Additional links: Infographic, Interactive Map - Current State Laws & Reimbursement Policies, Interactive Map - Legislation and Regulation Tracking
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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State Medicaid Programs Respond to Meet COVID-19 Challenges: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021
Report examines changes taking place in Medicaid programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Features sections on eligibility and enrollment; provider rates and taxes; delivery systems; long-term services and supports; benefits, cost-sharing, and telehealth; and pharmacy cost containment actions. Highlights challenges posed by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and policy changes taken in response to the PHE.
Author(s): Kathleen Gifford, Aimee Lashbrook, Sarah Barth, et al.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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